Learn more during National Infertility Awareness Week 2020 with our fertility experts
Conservative estimates suggest that 1 in 8 U.S. couples struggle with infertility. Trying to have a baby without success can create stress, anxiety and discouragement. During National Infertility Awareness Week 2020, the team at USC Fertility wants to offer encouragement to our patients and promote a greater understanding of infertility.
Dispelling fertility myths during National Infertility Awareness Week 2020
As part of National Infertility Awareness Week 2020, our Los Angeles fertility center experts want to dismiss some misconceptions about infertility. The following myths and facts will help clarify important details about infertility.
Myth: If you just relax, you will conceive.
Fact: Like other medical conditions, infertility requires diagnosis and treatment to address any underlying problems. No amount of yoga, vacation or meditation will fix the issue.
Myth: Having sex more often will ensure that you conceive.
Fact: The average couple will get pregnant within 12 months of actively trying. However, having sex every day won’t necessarily improve those odds as compared to sex focused around the time of ovulation. You should see a fertility specialist if you haven’t had success in this time frame (or in six months if the female partner is over 35.)
Myth: Infertility only impacts women.
Fact: Only one-third of cases are linked to female infertility. One-third are attributable to male factor infertility. The other third of cases are unexplained infertility or a combination.
Myth: Age is just a number.
Fact: Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. With age, egg quality and quantity decreases. Although men continue to produce sperm throughout their lives, sperm quality also declines with age.
Myth: Once you have a baby, you can get pregnant again.
Fact: Roughly three million U.S. women experience secondary infertility, which occurs when you cannot conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after a successful pregnancy.
Trust the team at USC Fertility
Dealing with infertility can feel overwhelming. During National Infertility Awareness Week 2020, our entire team wants to provide support for our patients and encourage more understanding about infertility. Call our office for more information about infertility treatment or to schedule an appointment with one of our Los Angeles fertility center experts.